Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-03-31
- Joe D'Amico
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Jack Straw ->
C C Rider
Ramble On Rose
Tons Of Steel
Mama Tried ->
Desolation Row ->
Don't Ease Me In
Touch Of Grey
stimated Prophet ->
Terrapin Station ->
Uncle John's Band ->
I Need A Miracle ->
Stella Blue ->
Around And Around ->
Turn On Your Lovelight
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|ramble on rose|
|tons of steel|
|don't ease me in|
|touch of grey|
|uncle johns band|
|i need a miracle|
|around & around|
|turn on your lovelight|
- 2008-07-21 15:39:47
- nak dragon tape deck > sony sbm1 > creative extigy soundcard > cool edit pro > flac frontend D
- Philadelphia, PA
- Taped by
- Joe D'Amico
- Transferred by
- Joe D'Amico
- The Spectrum
Subject: Forget the other copies, get this one
As for the show, well, I'm kinda grading on a curve, with a little bias thrown in because I was there. I'm a huge fan of 72-74, with 77 as my second choice and 68-69 also high up there. 80's shows, especially mid to late 80's except fall '89, just don't have the jams. But a lot of songs actually were played much better in the 80's. Jack Straw is one of them, and this one is no slouch. Franklin's is next, at a super fast, '81-like tempo, but it peters out quickly. C.C. Rider's pretty standard, meaning hot, and Jerry gets going pretty fierce on Ramble, only to run out of steam near the end.
The rest of the first set is pretty blase, and they start the 2nd set with a sop to the radio audience, A Touch of Grey. They've already gotten it down pretty close to the version that would become a Top 10 hit, and to which they would stick closely for the remainder of the GD's touring career. The set picks up after that, though. Estimated is a scorcher, one of the best I've ever heard in terms of just the song, though the outro jam is short and features too much Bobby shit and not enough actual jamming.
After a couple minutes, Jerry starts the awkward, almost atonal transition into Terrapin, and the rest of the band except the drummers drop out until he finds his way there. Terrapin is nearly note-perfect, though close to the vest. The interlude is very short, atypical of the long, peaking interludes they were playing around this time. There is no outro jam at all; they come down from the climax and go straight into drums. But what a climax! Brent is all over this one with inspired play.
Drums is pretty much always excellent around this time, but space is not -- while I could listen to Jerry noodle all night, I'd rather have contributions from others. In this case, Jerry starts up Uncle John's a bit awkwardly, then the others join in, and it becomes a solid version, with only one minor lyrical flub. Miracle is not among my favorites, and this one ends quickly before going into Stella.
Stella could be gorgeous as all heck, or it could be a boring snooze fest, depending on Jerry. Well, it's definitely the former here; Jerry unleashes torrents of sound out of that Tiger guitar. How he gets that echoing, overdrive effect I don't know, not being an electric guitarist. It's like ear candy, overwhelming the listener with sweetness.
The rest of it is pretty standard stuff. Overall, I thought the first two nights were more adventurous, but you can't beat how well played this one was, and getting Uncle John's out of Space was a rare treat.
It wasn’t that this night was a bummer. I would go on to have some of those for sure. It was just very intense! I loved it. It’s funny because when I used to listen to this show I thought I had a flashback one time during Stella blue so I kind of always passed over that one…. Are flashbacks real? Who knows? But tomorrow I am going to jam this show as I run on the treadmill. And if I have an acid flashback in the YMCA…. THANK GOD….. I could use one!! :)
Thank you so much for allowing me to access this show!
Subject: Above average recording
Subject: Now this is what all aud's should like.....
One more thing.... I have come to this conclusion... If you see a Joe D'Amico... Don't hestitate, start downloading right away.... I have seen his name on official GD videos in the credits.... He is definetly in the loop.... Keep em' comin Joe! My First 5 Star
Correction..... Made on 11-25-08.... I am getting Joe here, confused with Len Dell'Amico... Sorry about that... still Joe has some of the best AUDS on the Archive.
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